RIP: Google Has Abandoned Its Daydream VR Platform

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RIP Google Daydream (November 2016 – October 2019). Image Credit: Google Inc. “We We are no longer certifying new devices,” a Google spokesperson confirmed to VentureBeat. Image Credit: Google Inc. Feature Image Credit: Google Inc.

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Back To The Moon Is The First Google Doodle Available In All Realities

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Back to the Moon was first released in 2018 as a first-of-its-kind collaboration between Nexus Studios , Google Spotlight Stories , Google Arts & Culture , Cinématèque Française , and Google Doodles. Image Credit: Google.

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Google Acquires North, the Startup Behind ‘Focals’ Smartglasses

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Google today confirmed in a blog post that it’s acquired North, the Canada-based smartglasses maker behind Focals. “Over the last while, it became clear that aligning with Google would significantly advance our shared vision,” North said in a news brief.

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Google I/O 2020 Has Been Cancelled Due To Coronavirus

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Fears over a potential outbreak of COVID-19 has forced Google to postpone its annual I/O developer conference, normally held in May at the Shoreline Amphitheater just across the street from Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View, California. We’ll continue to update the Google I/O website.”.

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Google Teases New AR Features Coming To Google Maps & Lens

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Google VR becomes Google AR & VR as the company uses its annual I/O event to tease a new wave of augmented technology. So much so that that the company has officially changed its title of Google VR to Google AR & VR. Image Credit: VRScout / Google AR & VR.

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Report: Google’s ‘Tilt Brush’ is Coming to PSVR Soon

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Google has taken its sweet time bringing its VR creation app Tilt Brush (2016) to PSVR, although having recently slimmed down the app to fit on the modest mobile chipset of Oculus Quest may have given the company needed incentive to finally launch on PSVR.

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Google Reveals Glass Enterprise Edition 2 AR Headset

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Earlier today, Google announced the latest addition to its Google Glass hardware line-up with Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2. Here’s a detailed spec breakdown of the Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 headset: SoC — Qualcomm Quad Core, 1.7GHz, 10nm.

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Google Is Shutting Down Its Jump VR Program

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Sorry Google Jump users, but Google has made the decision to shut down their cloud-based video stitching service on June 28 th citing a decline in Jump Assembler users. Anything left on Google’s Cloud Storage will be deleted immediately after Google suspends their service on June 28 th.

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Google Maps AR Navigation Rolls Out On iOS & Android Devices

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Live View, a new navigation feature that adds AR overlays to the Google Maps experience, has officially begun rolling out on iOS and a wider variety of Android devices. Image Credit: Google Inc. Image Credit: Google Inc. Featured Image Credit: Google Inc.

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Google Releases Real-time Mobile Hand Tracking to R&D Community

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Google has released to researchers and developers its own mobile device-based hand tracking method using machine learning, something Google R esearch engineers Valentin Bazarevsky and Fan Zhang call a “new approach to hand perception.”

Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 Now Available for Direct Developer Purchase

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Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2, the company’s most recent smartglasses (or rather smart glass ), was only available to partner companies when it launched in May 2019. Now Google is allowing its third-party hardware vendors to sell the headset direct to developers.

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Google Releases Highly-polished VR Tour of Versailles for Free

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Google Arts & Culture partnered with Château de Versailles to create an extremely detailed VR tour of the iconic French palace, aptly named VersaillesVR – the palace is yours (2019). Image courtesy Google Arts & Culture.

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Google Brings Web-based AR to Chrome in Latest Beta

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Last week Google released a beta of Chrome 81 for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows, which means a stable version is just around the corner. Google first included WebVR, the VR-focused predecessor to the WebXR API, in Chrome 66 back in April 2018. Image courtesy Google.

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Google Poly Editor Gives Brands More Control Over Their Immersive Ads

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Google introduces customizable backgrounds, new animation settings, and realistic reflections. Google Poly editor in-action. Image Credit: Google. Immersive ads running on Google’s Swirl platform. Image Credit: Google. Image Credit: Google.

Google’s AR/VR Team Just Keeps Growing

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Google first started its venture into virtual reality with Google Cardboard back in 2014. A look at the company’s job listings so far this year reveals Google’s expanding commitment and investment in VR and AR.

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Google Teases New AR Features For Its Search & Lens Apps

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Google focuses on practical AR functionality at its annual developer conference. During the presentation, Google CEO Sundar Pichai took the time to showcase a variety of new camera and AR features coming to both the Google Search and Google Lens applications.

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Design Your Own VR Tour With Google’s ‘Tour Creator’

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Google harnesses the power of photos and street view to deliver simplified, web-based VR development to students and teachers. You can then search across Google Street View for your desired locations, or upload your own 360-degree photos for a one-of-a-kind tour.

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Google Closes The Door On Its ‘Spotlight Stories’ VR Film Studio

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Pour one out in remembrance of Google’s Oscar nominated, Emmy award-winning platform. Founded originally by Motorola with the goal of producing 360-degree content exclusive to Android phones, the studio eventually fell into the hands of Google after their 12.5

Report: Google is Developing a Standalone AR Headset to Rival HoloLens

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Google is allegedly developing a standalone augmented reality headset that aims to offer users a tethereless AR experience, German tech publication WinFuture reports. ” Image courtesy Google.

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Google Launches Depth API for ARCore, Increasing Realism And Improving Occlusion

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Google announced today that the Depth API is now available for ARCore 1.18 The Depth API was first announced with a preview on the Google developers blog last year. You can read more over on the Google developers blog.

Developer Brings Google Lens’ AR Features To VR

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This past May during the 2019 I/O Developer Conference, Google unveiled several new features heading to their Google Search and Lens applications. So I got google lens working in VR pic.twitter.com/rFCS7nUgbx — Phasedragon (@Phasedragoon) August 22, 2019.

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Google Takes a Step Closer to Making Volumetric VR Video Streaming a Thing

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Google unveiled a method of capturing and streaming volumetric video, something Google researchers say can be compressed down to a lightweight format capable of even being rendered on standalone VR/AR headsets.

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Google Files Patent Application For Hand-Controlled Mobile VR Headset

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Tilt Brush Update Adds Camera Paths And Google Drive Backups

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Added Camera Paths, Sketchfab upload, and Google Drive Backup. One new feature that might help facilitate that is the addition of Google Drive backups. Users can choose to backup sketches, snapshots, their media library, videos and exports to Google Drive.

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Google Appears to Be Ramping Up R&D Efforts for “New and novel” AR/VR Lenses

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Though there wasn’t much groundbreaking in the Daydream news shared at Google I/O this year, the company is growing its AR/VR team at an accelerated rate, suggesting Google has a number of things up its sleeve yet.

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Google Unveils ARCore Depth API to Make AR More Natural & Interactive

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Shahram Izadi, Director of Research and Engineering at Google, says in a blog post the new Depth API now enables occlusion for mobile AR applications, and also the chance of creating more realistic physics and surface interactions.

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Google Chrome Update Allows For More Powerful WebVR Experiences

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Last week Google launched the beta for Chrome 79, the latest update for its Chrome web browser. According to Google, this new-and-improved WebVR support will eventually make its way to Chromium-based browsers, including Oculus Browser, Microsoft Edge, Magic Leap’s Helio, and Firefox Reality.

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Putt-Putt Google Earth VR Looks Amazing

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When YouTube channel Nat and Friends toured Google VR, we were honestly expecting to see experiments from Google’s Daydream Labs that we’ve already seen. Projects we’ve reported on like Google’s headset removal or last year’s social VR experiments have been some of our favorites.

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How to use Google Drive

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Learn how to use Google's cloud storage service. Computing How-To Web Google Google Drive Tier 4 webHere's our in-depth guide to its various useful functions.

Google Pixel Leaks Could Give Us Our First Look At Daydream Ready Phones

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The XR Week Peek (2020.06.29): Oculus kills the Go, Google buys North, and much more!

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Google is going to buy North. A report says tha t Alphabet, the company behind Google, is in the last stages of the acquisition of North, the Canadian startup that makes the Focals smartglasses. Google adds depth APIs to ARCore.

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Google to Shutter Jump VR Video Service in June

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Google seems to be taking somewhat of a step back from VR, as Variety reports the company will be shutting down its Jump program for good next month. Any later than that, and all Jump-related files will be deleted from Google’s Cloud Services for good.

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New Google Glass for Enterprise Emerges in FCC Listing

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It’s been over a year since Google launched its Glass Enterprise Edition , something the company called “a new chapter” for the device. ” Image courtesy Google. SEE ALSO Google Appears to Be Ramping Up R&D Efforts for "New and novel" AR/VR Lenses.

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Google Launches Android Chrome WebVR Support

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Google have launched WebVR support for the Android platform via the Chrome browser opening up this exciting platform to Android mobile VR users on Cardboard and Daydream users. SEE ALSO Google Daydream Review: Casual VR Closes the Gap.

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Google Pixel Phones Get AR Maps First

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Google is starting to roll out its augmented reality mapping features to its Pixel phones. We’ll be curious to see how broadly and quickly Google is able to support the new feature. Google’s new AR maps build on these other technologies and, in a technical blog post from February, the company explained how its “Visual Positioning Service” works to enable more accurate mapping in AR. AR Google Daydream VR Industry News google

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VR Tool Built With Google Poly Turns Words Into Matching 3D Objects

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A VR developer posted footage of a proof-of-concept mechanic that allows users to spell out any word and see it visualized as a Google Poly asset in real time. Using Google Poly to source assets at runtime. VR #gamedev #indiedev #Oculus #Google #madewithunity pic.twitter.com/umtOiJGxMg.

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Google’s Massive Street View Library Now Available in ‘Google Earth VR’

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Today Google has launched an update to Google Earth VR which brings the company’s huge library of street-level imagery into the application which lets users immersively explore the entire globe.

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